It's been described as Cirque du Soleil on acid. Addictive, adults-only, left-of-centre entertainment. Sexy, racy, risque, raunchy, saucy, sharp, edgy, rude, exotic, erotic, explicit, exciting, intimate, wild, wacky ... when it comes to ABSINTHE Tour Le Monde, a show which effortlessly blends burlesque, circus and vaudeville, the adjectives go on forever.
Following several successful summer seasons in New York City, the show moved onto a four-year sold-out spell at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. ABSINTHE is now opening in Brisbane for a limited season from 2 June 2015. Taking its lead from the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th century Europe, ABSINTHE in Brisbane will be presented in a 700-seat antique spiegeltent furnished with beveled mirrors, plush velvet seating booths and a well-stocked bar in King George Square.
ABSINTHE comes from the creators of the popular 2013/2014 Australian tour of EMPIRE by Spiegelworld, but the latest show has reportedly ramped up the raunch. With its subversive, foul-mouthed, politically incorrect hosts, ABSINTHE promises to entertain, shock and most probably outrage Brisbane audiences. Should you treat your grandma to a ticket? Probably not, as the performance features some nudity and coarse language. Unless, of course, she's a very open-minded grandma.
The wow factor, promoters say, comes from a wide range of acts performed by ABSINTHE's "athletically gifted and talented cast". These span acrobatics, hand balances, high wires, an impossibly high chair mountain and an aerial hoop duet which is being premiered on the Australian leg of the tour.
Try this one after a few sips of Absinthe. Image courtesy Spiegelworld.
The really great news for WeekendNotes readers is that ABSINTHE Tour Le Monde is giving away three double-passes to the ABSINTHE performance scheduled for 10 June (8pm start). To enter, be one of the first three readers to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: What colour is the alcoholic drink Absinthe? Be sure to use 'ABSINTHE tickets' in the subject line of your email, and include your name and contact number.